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Use sport-specific protective equipment

Health Factors: Community Safety
Decision Makers: Educators Employers & Businesses Nonprofit Leaders
Evidence Rating: Scientifically Supported
Population Reach: 50-99% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: No impact on disparities likely

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Examples of sport-specific safety equipment include mouth guards, easy release baseball bases, ankle taping, helmets for ATVs, snowmobiles, rollerblades and bicycles.

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Reduced injury

Evidence of Effectiveness

EPPI Centre-Youth 2007 finds sport-specific equipment effective in reducing injuries. For example, the use of custom-fitted mouthguards was found to reduce oral injuries in rugby and changes to the rules reduced very serious injuries in rugby and ice hockey. The use of protective equipment reduced injuries to players of football, use of belts benefited weightlifters, and eye/face protectors reduced squash injuries. For those with previous ankle sprains, ankle supports and taping were beneficial in reducing future sprains (in soccer and other sports, such as basketball). Specially designed baseball bases which come away from the ground easily when players slide into them were also effective in lowering injury rates.

Citations - Evidence

EPPI Centre-Youth 2007 - Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre). Accidental injury, risk-taking behaviour and the social circumstances in which young people (aged 12-24) live: A systematic review. London, UK: Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre); 2007. Accessed on January 12, 2016

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January 1, 2011